The final of the 2018/19 Vijay Hazare Trophy went right down to the wire as both teams gave it all they had in a thrilling low scoring tie.
Mumbai won the toss and chose to field first. The decision proved to be right as Delhi lost Gautam Gambhir (1), Manan Sharma (5) and Unmukt Chand (13) for 21 runs on the board. Tushar Deshpande picked Gambhir and Manan, while Dhawal Kulkarni picked Chand.
Nitish Rana went for 13, Dhruv Shorey made 31 in 66 balls, while Himmat Singh top-scored with 41 in 65 balls. Pawan Negi hit 21 and Subodh Bhati hit 25 to give some impetus in death overs to take Delhi to 177 in 45.4 overs.
Dhawal Kulkarni picked 3/30 and Shivam Dube picked 3/29, while Tushar Deshpande picked two wickets for Mumbai.
Mumbai’s chase started with Prithvi Shaw giving ode to birthday boy Virender Sehwag with a first ball four, but soon collapsed to 40/4, as Shaw (8), Iyer (7), Suryakumar Yadav (4) and Rahane (10) all fell in succession with Navdeep Saini picking 3/53 in his 10 overs.
All seemed lost, but Siddhesh Lad scored 48 in 68 balls with four fours and 2 sixes to put up 105 runs with Aditya Tare, who made 71 in 89 balls with 13 fours and 1 six to stabilize the Mumbai innings and put them on the path to victory.
Shivam Dube then made 19* to put the finishing touches to the Mumbai win, as they made 180/6 in 35 overs. Mumbai won the 2018/19 Vijay Hazare Trophy by four wickets to spare.
Aditya Tare was named the Man of the match for his 71.
DEL 177 (H SINGH 41; S DUBE 3/29) lost to MUM 180/6 (A TARE 71; N SAINI 3/53) by 4 wickets
Mumbai becomes Vijay Hazare trophy 2018/19 champions